BEAUTY | Vegan & 5-Free Nail Polish

As a little girl I use to watch my mother paint her nails and ever since, I can't seem to get by without having my nails done all the time. However a lot of the beauty products we use on our skin, are packed with ingredients that are horrible for us and nail polish is no exception. How often do you paint your nails and how long do you keep our polish on for? My mother use to tell me, "painting your nails may be pretty but take off the polish once in a while and let you nails breath". I wasn't really sure what that meant until now. Your nails are porous like your skin, so you can safely assume whatever you put on to them will eventually make it's way into your system. It's a pretty scary thought isn't it?

That is why there have been a slew of "3-Free, 5-Free and vegan" nail lacquer products that have entered the beauty market in full force. What does this mean exactly? Vegan, meaning cruelty free and not tested on animals and the polish itself has no animal by product. To achieve the shimmer effect in regular nail polishes, they are made with fish scales and usually labeled as "pearl". Pearl is literally made from small fish scales and skin, suitably cleaned, and mixed with solvents such as castor oil and butyl acetate. A vegan product will substitute the fish scales with an artificial substance synthetic pearl or a mineral mica.

Here's a break down of the toxins in nail polish ("3-Free" polishes are free and clear of toxins 1  to 3 and "5-Free" polishes are free from all 1 to 5):

  1. Toluene: This is used to help nail polish go on smoothly, it's a polish thinner. Unfortunately, it's a very abrasive chemical derived from petroleum.
  2. Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): DBP helps nail polish from chipping and it's basically a harsh plastic. Not exactly "breathable".
  3. Formaldehyde: This is gross...Formaldehyde is commonly used to preserve and embalm dead animals (and humans). I don't really need to explain why this is bad for your nails.
  4. Formaldehyde Resin: It's a derivative of Formaldehyde that isn’t as toxic but can be an allergen so not having this in the polish is an added bonus especially if you have sensitive skin.
  5. Camphor: It's a plasticizer and rust repellent and it is very poisonous. No explanation needed.

So, have I convinced you of using only a vegan polish that is 5-Free? Good because I happen to know of a great brand. LACC (la Couleur Couture) Beauty. It's a Vancouver based company and their product is manufactured in New York. They have just launched their amazing new F/W colors (some of my favourites are 1940 Oxblood,1966 Dark Green, and 1998 Slate). I love them all so much I made them available for sale in my shop. I think you'll be impressed by the shine of their top coat and the staying power of all their polishes. You're just one click away from treating your nails with more love. I have the entire new collection available for sale in my eBoutique, please be sure to check them out {HERE}!

Shut Up I Love This LACC Beauty Dark Green 1966
Shut Up I Love This LACC Beauty Dark Green 1966
Shut Up I Love This LACC Beauty Slate 1998
Shut Up I Love This LACC Beauty Slate 1998

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